Acting Director of the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST), Charles Cyrus, will represent Barbados at the 8th Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF), being held in Trinidad and Tobago from October 8 to 10.

This is the first time that the ACF will be held in a CARICOM Member State, and it is presents an opportunity for Barbados to acquire knowledge which will assist in facilitating the development of innovation and entrepreneurial processes here.

The main objective of this year???s ACF is to promote the creation of an eco-system on innovation and entrepreneurship for the region.

This area of focus is connected to the Fifth Pillar of the Barbados Human Resource Development Strategy (BHRDS), which speaks to the enhancement of research to improve innovation and entrepreneurship capacity.

Mr. Cyrus, who is also the Chairman of this Pillar, said that attending events such as the ACF would provide ideas on increasing Barbados??? level of competitiveness, by promoting innovation and entrepreneurship activities.

He stated: ???This is an opportunity to learn from representatives of countries that already have established frameworks, both in the private and public sectors, which facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship. Sharing experiences, best practices and best processes are important factors in the development of Barbados and the region. ???

The ACF will bring together more than 1,000 leaders from the 34 nations of the Americas, and includes Heads of State, Cabinet members, business executives and trade delegates.

Academics and representatives from the region???s public and private competitiveness councils, as well as non-governmental and international organisations, will also be in attendance.

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